Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania boasts an extensive interstate system that carries an endless parade of trucks to urban areas such as Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg. Those freeways also serve as conduits to connect the upper East Coast with destinations nationwide. And truck traffic on the thousands of miles of two-lane highways impacts the daily travels of Pennsylvania motorists statewide. Every year, more than 4,000 people are injured or killed in a truck accident on Pennsylvania roadways. If you or a family member is suffering from a truck-related accident, contact Michael for a free consultation and take the first step toward ensuring that you receive maximum compensation for your loss.

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For Lawyers

Your truck accident case may be larger than you think. My experience often enables me to maximize awards, well beyond what the co-counsel originally expected. My book Litigating Truck Accident Cases, published by West Publishing, is considered the definitive work on handling truck accident cases. Contact me if you are seeking co-counsel on your case.

Speaking Engagements

Michael Leizerman regularly engages in continuing legal education presentations around the country, including the following events in or near Pennsylvania:

  • American Association for Justice, Philadelphia (July 12, 2008)
    Topic: Finding Insurance In Truck Litigation

Trucking Laws

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Title 49, Parts 350-399) govern all vehicles engaged in interstate traffic.

There are some situations where a tractor-trailer or other commercial motor vehicle is involved in only intrastate travel. For example, an appliance store in Reading may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.

The Pennsylvania Department of Public Safety has adopted Title 49, Parts 382, 383, 384, 390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, and 399 of the federal regulations.

For an overview of laws that affect trucks operating only in Pennsylvania, visit our Pennsylvania Trucking Laws page.

Incidents

Fatal Truck Accidents: 213 per year
Non-Fatal Truck Accidents: 4,156 per year
Accident Locales: 72% (Rural), 27% (Urban)
Carrier Fact: 32% of Pennsylvania's truck accidents involve carriers whose principle place of business is not Pennsylvania

In 71% of Pennsylvania truck accidents, weather conditions were NOT a factor.

Pennsylvania News

February 23, 2015

Four Children Injured After Commercial Truck Rams Into School Bus

Some students in western Pennsylvania got quite the scare on their way home from school recently after a coal truck slammed into the rear of their school bus. Fifteen students were on the bus. Four of them received minor injuries. … Continue reading

The post Four Children Injured After Commercial Truck Rams Into School Bus appeared first on Truck Accident Law by Michael Leizerman.

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I am honored that West Thompson—the world’s largest publisher of legal books—asked me to write this multi-volume book on truck accident law in 2004. I had already begun the project for my own reference. My book includes the federal regulations that are the same in each state for interstate tractor-trailer crashes, as well as state law that differs in areas, like whether there are monetary limits or “caps” in the lawsuit, whether you can receive punitive damages, and the varying technical requirements for filing a lawsuit.